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Danielle Brooks, body positive queen, has an insightful story to share about what it’s like when you compare your body to other women’s

If you’ve ever given in to embarrassment in public locker rooms or let your self-esteem get knocked down a notch by looking enviously at people who seem to be in “perfect” shape, Danielle Brooks has an important message for you.

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Watch: Danielle Brooks has the best analogy to explain just how badly the fashion industry has erased plus sized women

But she added that when she began to see images of herself on billboards and got used to seeing other plus size women in the media, “I walked around with my head held a little higher, my strut a little firmer, and my smile a little brighter. I saw myself in those women.”

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“When he is so intimately close to your body in that way, he’s seeing all of your scars, all of the things you deem beautiful or all of the things that you don’t like, there’s a part of him that he’s also sharing with me, the things that he’s writing on my body are a part of his culture.” 

Do not shame black women for getting relaxers and wearing weaves

Do not shame black women for wearing their natural hair

Do not shame black women for wearing braids and corn rows

Do not shame black women for listening to Metric and Regina Spektor

Dot not shame black women for listening to Beyonce and Alicia Keys

Do not shame black women for talking “white”

Do not shame black women for talking “ghetto”

Do not shame black women for dating white men

Do not shame black women for dating black men

Do not shame black women for dating women

Do not shame black women for not dating anyone

Do not shame black women for having kids

Do not shame black women who are childless

Do not shame black women who are trans

Do not shame black women who are light-skinned 

Do not shame black women who are dark-skinned

Do not shame black women who are poor and live in the ‘hood

Do not shame black women who are well-off and live in the suburbs

Do not shame black women who are skinny

Do not shame black women who are fat

Do not shame black women who are somewhere in between

Do not shame black women 

Just don’t do it.